Massachusetts Ballot Initiative to
Roll Back the Sales Tax from 6.25% to 3%
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Kelly-Williams is a nurse in Cambridge and a spokesperson of the union-funded Coalition for Our Communities, the main group opposing Howell’s initiative. She points out that the cut would leave a $2.5 billion hole in the state budget.
“And we already have a shortfall of $2.5 billion. Where is this money going to come from?”
Kelly-Williams says she already knows the answer.
“I fear devastating cuts to educational services, as well as fire and police safety for our communities.”
In any case it will certainly mandate some tough decisions from Bay state lawmakers who have $51.8 billion in total state spending to work with this year.
“This will mandate cuts that will be devastating,” said Kelly-Williams.
Howell isn’t buying it. “This is the Chicken Little, ‘Sky Is Falling’ defense. They say this about every effort to cut taxes.”
“These guys,” she said, referring to Massachusetts elected officials, “are addicted to spending. While the economy has been shrinking, these guys have been spending more money.”
She says the only way to stop them, is through a voter mandate.
“This is it,” she said. “They won’t stop on their own.”
Key Facts About the Massachusetts Sales Tax Roll Back to 3% Initiative:
2010 total Massachusetts state government spending is $51.8 Billion. $3 Billion Higher than 2009.
In 2009, the Democratic state legislature and Democrat Governor Deval Patrick raised the Massachusetts sales tax to 6.25%.
The Alliance to Roll Back Taxes’ Ballot Initiative to roll back the sales tax from 6.25% to 3% will be on the Nov. 2nd Massachusetts Ballot.
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I applaud Ms. Carla’s tilt at the big gooferment windmill.
It unprecedented to have a roll back of ANY taxes.
Who knows what can happen when they get the “ball” rolling?
Maybe we could have the same in New Jersey?
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